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Response to Irina's Open Letter
By Tom Braunlich   
June 2, 2008
Playoffsresponseslide.jpgOn behalf of the organizing committee of the 2008 Frank Berry U.S. Championship, Tom Braunlich responds to Irina Krush's Open Letter.
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Open Letter from Irina Krush
By Irina Krush   
May 30, 2008
IrianCLOslide.jpgIn an open letter, Irina Krush disputes Anna Zatonskih's sole claim to the U.S. Women's Championship title. Find out why and stay tuned for a response from Anna.
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Hilton on Midwest Open Teams
By Jonathan Hilton   
May 30, 2008
slideMidWestteams.jpgJonathan Hilton covers morphicons, generational battles and Nerf Wars in his report on the Midwest Open Team Chess Festival held this year in Columbus, Ohio, May 17-18.
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Final Tulsa Media Gallery
By Betsy Dynako   
May 28, 2008
TatevBenYermoCLOslide.jpgIn a final media gallery from Tulsa, Betsy Dynako shares a final video and photos from the closing ceremony, in which Chicago Open rivals Varuzhan Akobian and Tigran Petrosian are shown in an opposite light!
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Hilton Blogs from Chicago, Part II
By Jonathan Hilton   
May 27, 2008
playoffleadcloslide.jpgIn his final Chicago Open blog, Jonathan Hilton reports on the Akobian-Petrosian playoff and his own attempts at power-calculation. Also included is Betsy Dynako's video of the Armageddon.
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GM Joel on Reasons to Decline
By GM Joel Benjamin   
May 27, 2008
Joelslideask.jpgGM Joel Benjamin responds to a question about why so many top GMs decline their invitations to the U.S. Championship. Send your questions to askgmjoel@uschess.org.
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Akobian Wins; Friedel and Zenyuk Wow
By J.Shahade/B. Dynako   
May 26, 2008
JoshCLOslide.jpgAkobian won the Chicago Open in a Armageddon playoff against Petrosian who along with Nakamura, also scored 5.5 points in the main event. Friedel earned the rating points for his GM title; Zenyuk also shined with 2 big upsets.
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Hilton Blogs from Chicago
By Jonathan Hilton   
May 25, 2008
HiltonCLOslidefinal.jpgJonathan Hilton blogs after three rounds of the Chicago Open, where GMs Mitkov, Kolev and Yermolinsky all have 3/3. Meanwhile, Josh Friedel, hot off his third GM norm, defeated Nakamura.
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Media Gallery on Women Champs
By Betsy Dynako   
May 23, 2008
AnnaAirCLOslide.jpgCheck out CLO's media gallery on the U.S. Women's Championship, including Betsy Dynako's video of the Armaggedon game and photos of the women throughout the event.
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Join the Party in Vegas
May 23, 2008
LVCFclolead.jpgThe Las Vegas International Chess Festival (June 5-9) kicks off with a simultaneous exhibition by Gata Kamsky. Besides the National Open, the roster includes the U.S. G/10 Champs and the Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls.

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The Short and the Long of the U.S. Champs
By Tom Braunlich   
May 22, 2008
Yurycloslideint.jpgOrganizer Tom Braunlich wraps-up the U.S. Championship, contrasting Yury's short and sweet round 9 finish with Anna's grueling path to her second U.S. Women's title.
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Fantasy Chess Finishes
By Arun Sharma   
May 22, 2008
LangerCLolead.jpgIlan Meerovich won 2008 Fantasy Chess, taking the grand prize of a Monroi PCM and a signed board. Michael Langer was on 4 of the top 5 teams. Langer's own team also scored higher than any other U.S. Champ participant.
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Anna Zatonskih U.S. Women's Champ!
By Jennifer Shahade   
May 21, 2008
AnnaCLOslide.jpgAfter a grueling and thrilling playoff match in which Zatonskih and Krush traded wins, an Armaggedon match was set to decide the 2008 U.S. Women's Champion. Anna Zatonskih prevailed to earn her second U.S. Women's title.
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Yury Shulman U.S. Champion!
By Jennifer Shahade/Betsy Dynako   
May 21, 2008
YuryFriedelCLoslide.jpg Yury Shulman clinched his first U.S. Championship title with 7 points! Check out videos and thoughts from Yury. Josh Friedel, who drew Yury in the final round, earned his final GM norm. 
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Chicago Chess Summer Begins Friday
May 21, 2008
Chicagoskyslide.jpgChicago Chess will be blazing this summer, and it starts early, with the Chicago Open (May 23-27). The G/30 and G/60 Nationals are also set for June 28-29 at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore, which offers a special year-round rate for chessplayers.
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Fantasy Down to Wire
By Arun Sharma   
May 21, 2008
PCMcloslide.jpgWith just a round to go in the fantasy competition, Arun Sharma lists the top 42 teams. Illan Meerovich leads the overall standings, Mark Fortunati won the round eight daily prize while Abrahamyan is on top among Championship participants.
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